A Guide to Safe Christmas Foods for Your Dog

The twinkling lights, the mistletoe, and the carols; Christmas truly is a magical time of year. And as we indulge in festive feasts, it's only natural to want to share the cheer with our four-legged family members. However, before sliding a piece of turkey or a dollop of mashed potatoes into your dogs bowl, it's vital to be aware of what they can and cannot gobble down.

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Section 1: Foods Dogs CAN Have

Remember, even for these approved items, moderation is the key!

  1. Turkey and Chicken: These are proteitn-packed treats your dog will love. Stick to lean meat, ensuring you've removed skin, bones, or any excess fat. But, always avoid meat cooked with onion, garlic, or rich spices.

  2. Green Beans: A non-fattening filler that can be steamed or boiled. Just skip the seasonings or butter.

  3. Carrots: Whether you serve them raw or cooked, they're a vitamin-rich, crunchy treat.

  4. Cranberries: Forget the sugary cranberry sauce. Fresh cranberries, in small amounts, can be a tangy treat.

  5. Pumpkin: Whether it's pureed or in chunks, plain pumpkin is packed with fiber and vitamins.

  6. Potatoes: Boiled or mashed, they're a starchy treat. Just avoid butter, milk, cheese, or any seasonings.

Section 2: Foods Dogs CANNOT Have

  1. Chocolate: It's not just an old wives' tale. Chocolate, especially the dark kind, can be life-threatening to dogs.

  2. Onions and Garlic: These kitchen staples are toxic for dogs, leading to digestive troubles and can even damage their red blood cells.

  3. Grapes and Raisins: Small but deadly, these can induce kidney failure in our canine companions.

  4. Alcohol: That splash of wine or beer? It's a strict no-no for dogs, even in small amounts.

  5. Bones: Particularly poultry bones, they can easily splinter, leading to internal injuries or blockages.

  6. Nuts, especially Macadamia Nuts: Consuming even a few can lead to symptoms like vomiting, tremors, and more.

  7. Xylitol: Found in candies and some baked goods, this sweetener is a silent killer for dogs.

  8. Christmas Pudding and Mince Pies: Laden with alcohol, raisins, and other no-go ingredients for dogs.

Section 3: Tips to Prevent Accidental Consumption

  1. Elevate the Food: Keep those delectable dishes on high counters or tables, away from curious snouts.
  2. Educate Guests: A gentle reminder to your guests can save you a trip to the vet. Let them know about the dangers of feeding your dog table scraps.
  3. Secure Bins: Ensure that your bins are sealed, so there's no chance of sneaky snacking from discarded items.
  4. Distraction: A new toy or a dog-approved treat can keep your pup occupied while you and your guests enjoy the feast.

Our furry companions bring so much joy into our lives. Let's ensure this Christmas remains memorable for all the right reasons. With a little caution, awareness, and preparation, we can enjoy the festivities and ensure our pets remain safe and happy.

If you have any concerns about your dogs diet or reaction to food then consult a vet immediately. You can find a qualified vet using this portal from RCVS.